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post Sep 28 2006, 10:13 PM
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I know I have seen the tutorial somewhere, but can't find it. (maybe it was on old site, or possibly even somewhere else?) What I want to do is create a custom shaped text box (follows contours of a body or object) How can I do this?


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post Sep 28 2006, 10:40 PM
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Assuming you are using Photoshop, break out the pen tool. Set it to path mode and draw your shape. Then use the text tool and click in the shape. After typing your text open the character options and go to paragraph tab and justify it how you want (full, full but bottom line left justified, etc...)

You can do other cool things too like clicking on the line of the shape. Then you can type it on the actual line, either inside or outside the shape. This is how you'd do the circular text on a disc label...not that, that has anything to do with what you are asking.
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QUOTE(CavemanLawyer @ Sep 28 2006, 11:40 PM) [snapback]27972[/snapback]
Assuming you are using Photoshop, break out the pen tool. Set it to path mode and draw your shape. Then use the text tool and click in the shape. After typing your text open the character options and go to paragraph tab and justify it how you want (full, full but bottom line left justified, etc...)

You can do other cool things too like clicking on the line of the shape. Then you can type it on the actual line, either inside or outside the shape. This is how you'd do the circular text on a disc label...not that, that has anything to do with what you are asking.


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post Sep 29 2006, 04:37 AM
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Well damn, I'm using PS CS(v.8.0), How would I go about upgrading it? Will it be expensive?
Or how is it done in this version of PS


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user name you can do it on the version your doing i think
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You can do it using your version. I have written a tutorial, which is available in the download section.


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I've searched the tuts, and am not sure which one you are taking about? Is it the one where it shows how to put text on the curve of a dvd? Because that's not what I want to do.


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I think that's the tutorial he is talking about, yes. Just click inside the shape with the text tool instead of on the line of the shape.
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Thats right - and it can be used with any shape that you make, using the vector tools.


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The problem i always seem to have with justifying text to a shape is that letters sometimes get spaced to far apart.

For example- "H E L L O".

Drives me crazy sometimes.
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QUOTE(JolietJake @ Sep 30 2006, 03:14 AM) [snapback]28080[/snapback]
The problem i always seem to have with justifying text to a shape is that letters sometimes get spaced to far apart.

For example- "H E L L O".

Drives me crazy sometimes.


Play with the kerning under character settings. If all else fails, just set that one line to justify left and then manually space it how you like. But in small parts of shapes, yeah you're pretty limited in how you can arrange your text.
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That how I do it. Adjust the kerning to either bring the last half of the word after the '-' up, or increase it to knock it down a line.


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